Free Book Friday: Talking Food


What could be better than a contest involving food?:bananadance:

Three Cheese-Jalapeno Swirl Bread

For the dough: combine 1 cup flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 pkg yeast, 1 cup warm water, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Stir, then add another 1-1/2 to 2 cups flour and knead into a good dough, then set to rise in an oiled bowl.

For the filling: combine 1 tsp dry parsley, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan, 3 tbsp minced jalapeno, 3 tbsp minced onion, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1/8 tsp pepper.

Punch down down; roll out into a rectangle and spread on the filling, then roll it up, seal the ends, and set it in an oiled bread pan to rise. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes one loaf. Yum!

For today’s contest–tell me the name of your favorite recipe! I’ll have each of my kids choose one recipe for me to cook. I’ll have them each choose a different category of recipe–one can choose a main dish, one can choose a side dish, and one can choose a dessert. You, however, must only post one recipe name from one category!:hyper: So pick your category, post a comment with the name of the recipe (and be clear about which category it falls into), and three winners will be chosen on Monday to receive their autographed pick from my contemporary backlist! If you win, you’ll have to email me the recipe and I’ll cook the winning dishes for my kids and post photos and your recipes! And this might be so fun we’ll have to do it again! Make sense? Just to be clear:

Post your comment with 1) category of recipe (main dish, side dish, or dessert), and 2) the name of the recipe (make this sound appealing to teenage boys, LOL). Oh–and my kids are NOT picky eaters, so don’t worry about things they won’t like. They’ll eat just about anything!:cool: They’re like pigs at a trough…..


  1. Cheryl S. says:

    In the desserts category –
    Brownie Pudding Cake. Yummm. And easy.

    Have a good day, Suzanne! You always come up with the best contests! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sonja says:

    1) main dish
    2) Mexican chicken– It involves Doritos and it’s spicy! It’s way way awesome.

  3. Jennifer Yates says:

    I’ll suggest a side dish…Hash Brown Casserole. Very good!!!

  4. Melissa says:

    Dessert – Peanut Blossom Cookies
    Peanut butter cookies with a Hershey Kiss on top! :thumbsup:

  5. catslady says:

    I’ll go with an easy side dish – Cheesy Potatoes (with potato chip topping):)

  6. Maureen says:

    For dessert my family always enjoys chocolate chip cookies made with the milk chocolate chips.

  7. Marcy says:

    Main Dish – Crockpot Tamale Casserole. :mrgreen:

    It’s so hard to pick just one to post, but this is a hit with my guys and it’s super simple because of the crockpot. I hope to heck you have one. ๐Ÿ˜•

  8. Tori Lennox says:

    1. Main dish (though it could be a side dish, too)

    Spinach souffle (though it’s really a casserole :rotfl:)

  9. Desperate Writer says:

    Dessert: Coca-Cola Cake

  10. Mary says:

    Whole meal
    Call Domino’s Pizza

  11. Jennifer Yates says:

    LOL Mary!!!! :rotfl:

  12. ruby55 says:

    Hmm. I’m trying to think of what kidlets might like.

    Maybe a main dish:

    Diet Coke Chicken (I don’t know if that’s the original name but it’s one of my favorite chicken recipes). Do I make it? Uh, no. I’m a lousy cook and for one person?? Well, maybe I will try it one of these days. I suppose I could always freeze some.

    I also have some yummy desert recipes. So I’m not against this type of contest. It’s guessing that I’m not good at.

    And you’re coming to T.O. on my sister’s birthday, July 8? Too bad she hasn’t lived there for the last 20 years. But it’s on the way. However, I’d have to pay for your class, though, wouldn’t I? I don’t mind attending but I’m not a writer and just want to meet you. We’ll have to see if anybody I know will be going down there at that time. It takes about 2 hours from here. :wave:

  13. ruby55 says:

    Yipes! a spelling mistake! Of course, it’s supposed to be dessert and not desert. Who wants to eat sand?:footinmouth:

  14. Michelle says:

    Main Dish Category: Pulled Pork Barbecue sandwiches.

  15. Dennie says:

    Dessert ~ Peach Cobbler

  16. Cynthia says:

    I’m torn whether to go with side dish or dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Okay…I’ll do:

    Side Dish ~ Corn Casserole

  17. Robyn says:

    Main dish: Surprise Casserole.
    Very easy to make and it’s all in one dish
    to bake(after everything is prepared).
    Delicious with homemade bread or buns.

  18. Laurie says:

    Dessert: Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake

    I had a tough time choosing only one..with 4 kids they each have a different favorite!

  19. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    You are making me hungry just reading your posts. One of my family’s favorites is a Main Dish they call Fannie’s Pork Chop bake. One dish and super easy to fix. Everyone have a great week-end and good luck.:yes:

  20. catslady says:

    Ruby and Mary :rotfl:

  21. Suzanne says:

    Oooh, so many yummy sounding dishes! Good thing I don’t have to pick!

    Ruby, I think that you can visit an RWA chapter meeting one time without paying! They usually allow visitors! I’d love to meet you!

  22. TeresaH says:

    dessert: Kahlua brownies

  23. Lis says:

    side dish – pineapple-carrot-lemon jellied salad…super super easy

    I don’t know if we’re allowed a different category or not, but main dish – spaghetti sauce with mushrooms

    both are old family recipes from my dad’s side :thumbsup:

  24. Carol says:

    Dessert – Apple Pizza Pie

    I like Mary’s recipe! :thumbsup:

  25. Jennifer says:

    dessert-applesauce cake ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Nicole says:

    Main dish:

    Meatball sandwiches

  27. Danica says:

    Yummy! I want to try a lot of these!

    Main Dish: Ham and Cheese Potato Soup

  28. Crystal says:

    Main dish: Hungry man lasagna.
    Lots of great recipes ideas. They all sound delicious.

  29. Marcy says:

    I want all these recipes. LOL Maybe Suzanne will let us post them after her kids make their picks?